Henderson, Texas - Minerva Elizondo, a 2013 graduate of
Henderson High School, has been awarded the first Homa W. Boren
The scholarship is funded through an $865,000 estate gift from
the late Ruby Dean. The gift was received by the Henderson
Memorial Hospital board in 2012 for the purpose of advancing
nursing education in association with ETMC Henderson.
Elizondo is the daughter of Pablo Elizondo. She plans to attend
Tyler Junior College for two years then transfer to Texas Tech
University to complete her bachelor's degree in nursing. Her
long-range goal is to return to Henderson to work as a nurse.
Elizondo was chosen by the Henderson Memorial Hospital Board of
Directors from a pool of applicants as the recipient of the
scholarship based on her scholastic merit, extracurricular
activities and a written essay.
The Boren Nursing Scholarship can be extended each year for its
recipient, meaning that funding could be applied for up to four
years of education. As part of the process, recipients sign letters
of agreement that require them to apply at ETMC Henderson upon
graduation, thus ensuring that both the students and local hospital
benefit from the scholarships.
"We are excited to help Miss Elizondo begin her college and career
path due to this generous scholarship," noted Mark Leitner, ETMC
Henderson administrator. "The need for nurses in Texas will
only continue to grow in the years ahead, making this scholarship
important to ETMC Henderson and the young people it will serve."